Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST)
Team-Teaching Builds Skills, Lives
Washington’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) quickly teaches students literacy, work, and college-readiness skills so they can move through school and into living wage jobs faster.
Pioneered by Washington’s community and technical colleges, I-BEST uses a team-teaching approach. Students work with two teachers in the classroom: one provides job-training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, math or English language. Students get the help they need while studying in the career field of their choice; they learn by doing.
The I-BEST model is also used in academic transfer classes so students can brush up their skills as they learn college-level content toward a degree.
I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must move through a set sequence of basic education or pre-college (remedial) courses before they can start working on certificates or degrees. The combined teaching method allows students to work on college-level studies right away, clearing multiple levels with one leap.
Policy Associate, Basic Education for Adults
Resources for College Staff
- Online I-BEST Web Series
- Watch I-BEST video series.
- Read I-BEST fact sheet.
- Read I-BEST/Opportunity Grant Student Testimonials
- I-BEST team teaching models.
- Review I-BEST planning resources.
- Access research and data that proves I-BEST works
- Search a database of current I-BEST programs in Washington state.
- Download I-BEST application guidelines.
- Ability to Benefit
Last Modified: 5/9/23, 12:47 PM